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Pass the Baton: Write Your Memoir

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

The recent popular film Sully was based on Capt. Sullenberger’s account of his ordeal, a memoir of the 2009 aircraft mishap known as the Miracle on the Hudson.  His reason for writing it was truth.  There was a threat that truth would be overcome by industrial propaganda.  And, so his version has been preserved. This is only one good reason to write a memoir.

The stories told in oral tradition and memoirs were cultural adhesives long before the average person could read or write. Today we are fortunate to be able to capture our memoirs in various formats that can be preserved and interpreted easily. Various media can be used to preserve and protect the truth of our experiences and pass those truths along to the next generation.  There is no need to be in a specific place at a specific time to absorb the memory, we can tune in from anywhere and at anytime. This ability is becoming ever more important as we are deluged with more data in the past 50 years than at any time in history. Yet, the raw data is ever less helpful to making decisions. 

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Family History: Waking the Warrior

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016

Family history just isn’t complete without describing meaningful occasions. Most of us use  photo albums, but a memoir of the event preserves a highly personal description capturing elements that perhaps won’t be remembered by those thumbing through Mitchell commissioning program 2016albums in future years. Despite “gratitude” expressed at every departure and arrival these days, not so many U.S. families service careers.  We celebrated a young man beginning military service recently and this memoir is my attempt to capture the experience.


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